Balta’s Big Day Helps Yale To Doubleheader Split

Sarah Onorato (Rocco Labbadia photo)
Sarah Onorato (Rocco Labbadia photo)

Centerfielder Tallies Five Hits In Two Games

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's offense came to life in Wednesday's doubleheader with Hartford. The Bulldogs banged out 18 hits and drew 11 walks. The result was a split. Yale overcame a 3-0 deficit to win the first game 6-5 but dropped the nightcap 6-3.

Tori Balta had a big day at the plate, going 5-for-7 with a pair of runs. Laina Do added four hits and was solid in her collegiate debut at shortstop. Sarah Onorato contributed three hits.

In the first game, the Bulldogs trailed 5-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning but erupted for three runs. Do started the rally with a double and Balta followed with a single to left. Balta then stole second, and Do was able to score when the throw down sailed into centerfield. Carolyn McGuire's double drove home Balta, and Hannah Brennan delivered what turned out to be the game-winning hit, a single to center that plated McGuire.

Hartford got two runners on base in the seventh, but Kristen Leung bore down to seal the victory. Leung pitched three innings of relief to earn the win.

The Hawks (7-17) grabbed an early lead by scoring three times in the first inning. Yale got back in the game with a two-run third. McGuire drew a bases loaded walk to force home the first run, and Camille Weisenbach later singled home the second run.

The Bulldogs tied it in the fourth on Balta's RBI single.

Hartford added single runs in the fifth and sixth before Yale rallied.

The Bulldogs (5-23) had numerous opportunities in the second game but left 11 runners on base.

The Hawks again grabbed the early lead by scoring three runs in the top of the first. Yale answered with a pair in the bottom of the inning. Lauren Delgadillo knocked home the first with a sacrifice fly, and Weisenbach followed with an RBI single.

Hartford, though, seized control with three more runs in the second.

Onorato's double scored Allie Souza in the fourth to cut the deficit to 6-3, but the Bulldogs would get no closer.

Yale did get the tying runs on base in the seventh, but Hartford pitcher Kaitlyn Meade worked out of the jam.

Lindsay Efflandt was effective in the circle for the Bulldogs, tossing four innings of scoreless relief.

Yale returns to Ivy League play this weekend, playing back-to-back doubleheaders at North Division leader Dartmouth.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity